On October 31st, 2017, Hellenic National Defense General Staff (HNDGS) organized the 13th plenary conference that was hosted by NATO Rapid Deployable Corps - Greece (NRDC-GR) Headquarters, in Thessaloniki. Commander of NRDC-GR Lieutenant General Dimitrios BIKOS welcomed all the participants, highlighting the importance of this forum for the way ahead of the HQ in the new multinational Joint environment.
Commodore (LH) Ioannis KALOGEROPOULOS, chairman of the plenary, in his opening remarks stated “As Framework Nation Representative I assume that everybody is fully aware that Greece, in line with the expanding Alliance’s capabilities, formally agreed to offer NRDC-GR to the force pool of Joint HQs from the summer 2018 for a two years period, according the NATO’s Long Term Rotation Plan. In this way our Country’s posture and profile inside the Alliance’s Community will be enhanced and our commitment to NATO, upgraded”.
Furthermore, the Commodore added “The other issue that I would like to highlight is that the current HRF NRDC-GR structure reflects the organization and functions to accomplish the mission as a Corps and Land Component Command (LCC). Greece as Framework Nation is ready to proceed to a major step forward in the development of NRDC-GR by reorganizing the structure of the HQ. I want to say that we are in the process to offer positions to Nations in order to enhance the multi-nationality”.
The participating Nations representatives confirmed their commitment to support NRDC-GR in all the necessary changes on the way ahead to the transitions of the Headquarters to Joint Task Force HQ, while had a consensus in all discussed subjects. United Kingdom, Germany and United States declared their participation in NRDC-GR. Additionally, the Italian representative stated that Italy will increase its presence to the HQ while at the same time he emphasized the outstanding level of cooperation between Italy and Greece.
NRDC-GR constitutes a highly capable, constantly adapting, reliable HQ, ready to cope with future challenges. Through such events it reinforces the Hellenic commitment to the Alliance, presents the HQ’s interoperability and capability to coordinate and cooperate with NATO members, promoting openness and transparency and built confidence to the wider NATO community.